I remember going to a dinner party a few years ago and talking to a couple who sent their two kids to private school. As good as the school sounded, I remember thinking, "Are you crazy spending upwards of $20,000 a year in tuition when the public system is perfectly fine?" (Note: I live in Ontario, Canada). I also thought about how I would rather invest that money in a post-secondary education fund for my kids.
But now that my son has entered the public school system (he just started Grade One in September), the thought of private school has entered my mind, even considering the astronomical cost. Why? Well, it's not that my son is a problem child, but all of his teachers have labelled him as a daydreamer who sometimes talks out of turn and doodles a lot during lessons. Although I have very few complaints about the public school system so far, I was talking to a friend recently who sends both her sons to a private and boarding school (all boys) called St. Andrew's College. She loves the small class sizes and the extra attention her one son, who has had ADHD-related problems, gets.
I watched the promotional video for SAC the other day and it seems pretty idyllic.
All that said, I'm still not totally sold on private school, but it is something I'd like to explore more. My husband and I have decided to see how the rest of Grade One goes and make a decision next summer about what the options are for my son. What are your thoughts on the public vs private school debate?
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